I know Schezwan or Sezhwan fried rice is very popular amongst Indians. Fried rice with delicious flavors and heat from red chilli and garlic is one of my favorites too. I make my special Spicy Schezwan sauce to prepare Schezwan Fried rice. Yes, Schezwan or Sichuan rice has that spicy taste because it belongs to Sichuan Province of China, and the food belonging to that part of china is hot and spicy. Surely this one is more suited for Indian palete. I had to buy a pack of each of these peppercorns to try this spice in my favorite Schezwan or Sichuan Fried rice :) These peppercorns are not hot, but they have a lemony and flowery flavor. They are tingly to taste, and can numb the tongue.
Red and Green Sichuan Peppers
These peppers are optional in this recipe. I do make Schezwan fried rice without using them too.
Microwave 1 cup rice with 1+1/2 cup water for 10 minutes. This will partially cook rice. I always like my rice to finish cooking with veggies to absorb fresh flavors. Sprinkle some salt, use a fork and fluff up rice grains. It is okay if there is some moisture or water in the rice bowl. Let them cool.
Meanwhile, chop veggies for rice. I like to add lot of veggies to rice and make it fresh and nutritious.
1/2 cup chopped onions, 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, 1/2 cup chopped carrots, 1/2 cup chopped beans, 1/2 cup chopped cabbage, 3-4 minced garlic and 1 inch minced ginger.
To add spice:
Homemade Schezwan sauce, dry red chillies and sichuan peppers.
In a wok, heat 1 tbsp. oil and add 1 tbsp. homemade schezwan sauce. Fry dry red chillies. Saute ginger, garlic, onions, bell peppers. Saute veggies for 3-4 minutes till they are slightly tender.
Add quartered or chopped mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add spring greens and 1/2 cup chopped cabbage.
Slightly roast and roughly grind sichuan peppers. Add a tsp. to sauteing veggies.
Add pinch of salt, 1 tsp. vinegar and mix well.
Add cooked rice and toss them well. Cook for 4-5 minutes till the flavors blend well.
Give it a taste test for salt and vinegar and spice. If needed, add more schezwan sauce to increase the spice.
Serve with soy and homemade schezwan sauce at the side.